The University of Central Arkansas, in collaboration with the Arkansas branch of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, will host a two-day, virtual workshop titled “The Uyghur Human Rights Crisis in East Asia.”

The public event will take place over Zoom on Friday, April 23, from 6-7 p.m. A teacher workshop will be held Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. These events are at no cost to participants; however, registration is required. https://www.arncta.com/news-events/the-uyghur-crisis-and-islam-in-east-asia

The public event will feature guest speakers Akida Pulat, an Uyghur human rights activist whose mother disappeared in China, and Mustafa Aksu, program coordinator for Uyghur Human Rights Project. The second day of the workshop targets Arkansas’ K-12 teachers and features Zach Smith, professor of history at the University of Central Arkansas; Sarah Tynen, from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a current postdoctoral researcher at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic; and Kelly Hammond, from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

This two-day workshop will allow China specialists and Uyghur community members to come together to discuss the broader history of Muslim communities in China, the everyday experiences of Uyghurs in Xinjiang today and the global significance of this ongoing human rights crisis. 

These events are presented by UCA’s Asian Studies program in partnership with the Arkansas branch of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, a multi-year nonprofit program to encourage and facilitate teaching and learning about East Asia in elementary and secondary schools nationwide. Information about UCA’s Asian Studies academic and public program offerings is available online at uca.edu/history/programs/asian-studies/

More information about the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, as well as teacher resources, upcoming webinar series and information on travel funding are available online at https://www.arncta.com/about.